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Full Title: GLAT - Brest 2014

Location: Brest, France
Start Date: 02-Jun-2014 - 04-Jun-2014
Contact: Aimee Johansen
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Meeting Description: 'Adapting to Diversity: Interdisciplinary approaches to mediation and translation'

In our ever more connected and interconnected world, contacts are no longer limited by borders, whether geographical, professional, generational, cultural or identity-related. In these mixed contexts, which are becoming more and more common, how can we encourage effective and ethical communication between diverse populations? How can we negotiate meaning between people, institutions, and even different populations?

Mediation plays an important role in this human enterprise. But which type of mediation? There are many different categories: linguistic, intercultural, terminological, didactic, ontological, etc. Which type of mediation is used in which circumstances? How effective is it? What unexpected consequences arise? How can we apply a tried and true strategy to a different situation? What criticisms might we have of the various ways of defining mediation?

The goal of this colloquium is to investigate the different forms mediation can take when languages, cultures and disciplines meet. We will focus in particular on linguistic and intercultural mediation, where language is conceptualized as a system of symbolic mediation in diversified contexts.
Linguistic Subfield: Applied Linguistics; Translation
LL Issue: 25.814

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